How to Avoid a Hot Water Heater Nightmare

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A hot water heater isn’t typically something homeowners think much about – until, of course, it fails spectacularly. Hot water heaters warm our showers, help disinfect our dishes, and clean our clothes, but they can also cause very costly and dangerous damage if not properly maintained and monitored. Disaster firsthand Shawn Gehrt, a homeowner in the Seattle area and senior … Read More

Rehabbing a Home? Be Ready for These 5 Costs

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So you want to calculate the price tag on a house rehab, but you have no construction background. How do you go about it? Understandably, this is a common scenario that holds many people back from flipping houses. It’s also one of the most common questions people ask Tarek and me. A rehab’s costs involve more than just what you … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Rowland + Broughton's Aspen Barn Studio

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Colorado design firm Rowland + Broughton  embraced original architectural elements and added new contemporary finishes to update a beautiful three-story dwelling in Aspen. Located at the base of Red Mountain, the picturesque property consists of four parcels – two developed and two undeveloped. On an 8-acre parcels stands an 8,000-square-foot mountain home built in 1968 by Aspen’s first female architect, … Read More

#234: Tenants, Evictions, & The Dark Side of No Money Down with Ryan Murdock

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People often toss around the term “passive income” when it comes to owning rental properties. And in truth, there are ways to make managing tenants passive. But, for the majority of investors, being a landlord can be tough. On today’s show, we talk with Ryan Murdock, an investor and property manager from Maine about the lessons he’s learned building up … Read More

Your New, Bigger Space: 5 Ways to Win at Upsizing Your Home

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As a new generation graduates from renting to homeownership, they face plenty of uncertainties: How much homeowners insurance is enough? Is a home warranty necessary? How do you fill a 4-bedroom home with the stuff that used to be in a 1-bedroom apartment? Transitioning from an apartment to a larger home is always tricky, but making that move – known … Read More

A Newcomer’s Guide to Coffee in Seattle

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It wasn’t long after I stepped off the plane, unpacked my bags and settled into what would become my new home for the summer that I confidently declared, “I need a cup of coffee.” Fortunately for me, I was settling into what some had referenced as the coffee capital of the country: Seattle, Washington. Always a fan of the craft, … Read More

Designer Lookbook: Kerrie Kelly's Subtle, Sophisticated Drama

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At Kerrie Kelly Design Labs , our clients are anything but traditional. Though transitional style prevails in our Northern California neighborhood, we’re seeing more and more people gravitate toward a simple color palette, lots of great texture, and a few statement design elements. Recently, we had a request for a fresh and feminine take on a builder home, and the … Read More